25 Goals for 25

25 Goals for 25Today is my 25th birthday- No April Fool’s here!
To be honest, I’m more excited about my free birthday drink from Caribou than actually turning 25. Guess I’ve just never been that into birthdays- maybe years of hearing APRIL FOOLS- It’s not really your birthday! rendered the date itself a little less important.

What is important is celebrating the past year, and the year to come. I’m not going to sugarcoat it- 24 was a hard year. I lost my first grandparent, had some health issues, and dealt with some difficult situations at work. But for every difficult moment, there were wonderful ones too. Watching a dear friend get married. Luke finally graduating from college. Hiking with my family in state parks.

I’m looking forward to all 25 has to bring, and can’t wait for new adventures. Here are my goals for the new year: 25 goals for 25.

  1. Spend more quality time with my grandparents
    I lost my grandfather this past year. He lived out of state, and I saw him rarely, and I wish we had more time together. My three living grandparents all live within 30 minutes of my apartment, and every moment I spend with them is so precious. The photo below is from an outing with my Grandma and Farfar last summer- I’m looking forward to more outings with them and my Grammy this year.
    Minnehaha Falls with the Grandparents
  2. Read 25 books
    This doesn’t sound like much of a reading goal, except that to keep up my French fluency, I alternate between reading English and French novels. And I read slow in French. Currently, I’m reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, and next up is Candide by Voltaire (quite the contrast, I know). I would love to hear your reading suggestions, especially for French novels!
  3. Go on a road trip
  4. Have a Ladies’ Weekend Trip
    One of my best friends lives in Chicago, and we’ve been talking for years about visiting for a weekend. Time to make this goal a reality!
  5. Hike Tetteguche State Park
  6. Go on a spontaneous adventure
  7. Spend a day at the beach
    My idea of a day at the beach is skipping rocks at Lake Superior. Maybe we’ll make it to Duluth, maybe I’ll stay local and get sunburned at Lake Harriet or Nokomis.
  8. Go Wine Tasting
  9. Host a fancy brunch for friends
    25 Goals for 25
  10. Host a murder mystery party
    Murder Mystery Parties are my favorite- how have I not hosted one of these yet?
  11. Fire up Grandma’s kiln
    My grandparents have a couple of kilns in their basement. Luke and I used them to make favors for our wedding, but I’ve been dying to use them again.
  12. Try something new and creative- like glass blowing or pottery
  13. Take a yoga class
  14. Join a French conversation group in the Twin Cities
    Should have done this a long time ago- now I have no excuse!
  15. Go swing dancing
    Luke and I used to swing all the time in college, and I miss it like crazy.

    25 Goals for 25
    Clearly we need some swing dancing lessons….
  16. Perfect the baguette
    I lived in France and I have high standards, people!
  17. Bake macaroons
  18. Make my own sourdough starter
  19. Learn to take better photos with my phone
  20. Find the best ice cream in the Twin Cities
    Clearly finding the best ice cream in the Twin Cities is an ongoing quest, and I plan to make some serious headway this year.
  21. Fly a kite
  22. Buy myself flowers
  23. Try a new hairstyle
    I’ve had the same hairstyle for a very long time. On one hand, I’m terrified of change, on the other, it would be fun to mix things up with layers or even bangs!
  24. Take family photos- yes, for our little family of two
  25. Create a family yearbook for each year thus far, so we can remember the little things and celebrate the small, everyday blessings for years to come.

Here’s to a wonderful, glorious year!

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4 thoughts on “25 Goals for 25

  1. I’ve heard some REALLY good things about Milkjam Creamery in Minneapolis. They have champagne ice cream on the menu and they make glam doll donut + ice cream sandwiches. Drooool. This is such a fun list of goals! I made one on my 25th birthday too, and it has been so much fun checking a few things off each month. 🙂

  2. Yes! Milkjam is definitely on the list! I’m very intrigued by donut ice cream sandwiches. I work down the street from Glam Doll, so our entire office is HOOKED. Ice Cream + Donuts could be magical! Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Love these goals! Especially the host a fancy brunch one. An at home brunch is often underrated. But what a fun day it would be to have some friends over for mimosas & brunch & then enjoy some sunshine outside on a patio or at a nearby park. I mean we all have to eat, right?

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